JOB PURPOSE: Responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating of a wide variety of recreation and leisure programs and services for individuals with disabilities within the Northwest Special Recreation Associations 17 member districts. Represent NWSRA at meetings, support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs for everyone.
DIRECTLY REPORTS TO: The Manager of Special Recreation
RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTLY SUPERVISING: Part-Time Staff, Volunteers
ANTICIPATED START DATE: May, 2018
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study. 2.Knowledge of and ability to confidently work effectively with individuals with disabilities. 3.Current National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) or Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or the ability to get certified within an allotted amount of time determined by the policy of the Association and/or the Executive Director. 4.Minimum of one year of full time experience with children and adults with various disabilities. 5.Demonstrate knowledge of disabling conditions, and experience in planning and implementation of a wide range of recreation programs for people with disabilities. 6.Ability to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activity programs for recreation, leisure and the therapeutic recreation programs. 7.Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with full-time staff, student interns, part-time staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, participants, park district and school district personnel, as well as members of the general public. 8.Experience working with part time and volunteers employees with a supervisory style that includes well-developed organizational skills. 9.Demonstrate strong leadership qualities; confidence, maturity, flexibility and professionalism. 10.Knowledge of current standards of professional practice and ability to apply these standards to daily work. Highly motivated, self-starter, outgoing and confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills in the oral and written format is required. 11.Work independently, solve simple to complex problems, demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality, and convey a positive attitude to others. 12.Knowledge of computer skills; Office, Word, Excel and Outlook. 13.Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision. 14.First Aid/CPR/CPI certification required. 15.Ability to drive agency vehicles based on driver’s abstract. 16.Ability to attain Illinois Commercial Drivers License (CDL). 17.Must pass the pre-employment drug testing, physical and criminal background check.